COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is a growing issue in our state and country. Hunger Free Colorado is working to ensure our staff members and their families remain healthy while continuing our work to connect Coloradans to food resources. We’ve created this page to keep Coloradans up to date on how COVID-19 is affecting food access. We will update this page regularly.
FOOD RESOURCE HOTLINE
You can check eligibility and apply for SNAP through the Colorado PEAK website. Anyone who might need help locating food can call our Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626), M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm). The Food Resource Hotline keeps all information confidential and has bilingual staff ready to help Coloradans find food and nutrition resources in their community, as well as provide assistance for applying to federal nutrition programs such as SNAP.
Local CBD Company CBDDY has volunteered it’s resources in order to offer delivery services to anyone who needs essentials delivered to them during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Colorado.
Some districts are implementing grab and go meals for all students under the age of 18, while other districts are working on getting a system in place during the closure/extended spring break. Please see the map link below to find a meal site near you, if you do not see your district/school on this map we encourage you to contact your school district or check their Facebook page for updated information. If you are interested in learning more about meals being served to children or how to become a sponsor at your organization or school, please contact the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) or visit their webpage. We will do our best to update this information regularly.
You can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 and receive food distribution locations for kids 18 and under.
You can also use this interactive map to find local meal locations.
Local food pantries and food banks are in desperate need of healthy volunteers and donations. Financial support is best so that funds can be directed to the most needed items, but food donations are also appreciated. Please contact your nearby food pantry or food bank if you’re able to help. Links to resources from the five major food banks in Colorado have been provided below:
- Care and Share Food Bank, additionally a list of Temporary Food Pantry Closures in Southern Colorado
- Food Bank of the Rockies food locations
- Food Bank for Larimer County food locations
- Community Food Share in Boulder
- Weld Food Bank
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
You can check eligibility and apply for SNAP online through the Colorado PEAK website. You can also apply for SNAP, complete recertifications, request supportive services, and view your current EBT card balance by downloading the MyCOBenefits app (available in the Apple app store and Google Play app store).
SNAP enrollment is continuing and benefits will continue to be available on the regular schedule. However, some county offices have closed and enrollment may be done online or by phone only. Please check with the human services office in your county. Offices are requesting that clients contact them by phone when possible. You can view up-to-date closures and changes below.
At this time, only SNAP households with certification periods ending at 24 months (households in which all members are older adults or persons with disabilities) need to submit re-certifications due in March, April or May. All other households with 6-month certification periods ending in March, April or May will have their SNAP certification period extended to 12 months and so do not need to submit recertification packets at this time. Additionally, able-bodied adults without dependents who are unable to meet their SNAP work or training requirements due to the COVID-19 outbreak can still qualify for benefits.
*At this time there is no Pandemic EBT benefit program set up, so processing SNAP applications may take up to several weeks. For those planning to apply and those in the process of applying for SNAP, we recommend connecting with your local food bank or food pantry to meet immediate nutrition needs.
OLDER ADULTS & THOSE WITH HEALTH NEEDS
All older Coloradans seeking assistance getting nutritious food can call the Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado Office at 1.844.COL.ADRC (1.844.265.2372)
WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)
WIC provides healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding guidance, and community support for income-eligible women who are pregnant or postpartum, infants and children up to five years old.
Colorado WIC is open and serving clients, though many clinics are providing services remotely. Contact your local clinic to ask what options you have. You may be able to:
- Do your appointment over the phone.
- Do an online nutrition education lesson on www.wichealth.org.
- Extend your certification period by 1 month if you were scheduled for a recertification (reapplying for benefits).
- Reschedule for a time that works better for you.
For updates, visit https://www.coloradowic.gov/alerts.
To request an appointment, visit: www.ColoradoWICsignup.com.
Many or all of our private and public colleges, universities, and private occupational schools are on a modified spring break calendar and implementing distance/online learning. College students can get more information from the state and their schools about changes and resources at this link: https://highered.colorado.gov/Staying_informed_about_COVID-19.html
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Refer anyone who might need help locating food to our Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626), M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm). You can also share the link to our referral form to get information about food resources, and we have a specialized form for organizations referring clients to our hotline.
- Share the Schools Offering Meals Map to help others find schools nearby that are serving meals to students during the COVID-19 closures.
- Reach out to your local food pantry or food bank about volunteer and donation needs or share resources within community groups and forums.
- Landlords are asked to Not Evict Colorado Tenants during COVID-19 pandemic as government assistance will be made available
- CDPHE has established a COVID-19 hotline, CO-HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 (information is available in multiple languages). You can also email questions, for answers in English only, to COHELP@RMPDC.org
- Aurora has multilingual information on COVID-19 in Spanish, Korean, Nepali, Vietnamese, Chinese, Burmese, Amharic, Tigrinya, and Karen.
- Governor’s Facebook Page
- CDPHE – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 Updates
- Local emergency managers can elevate community needs through the State Emergency Feeding Task Force, but local human service directors and local public health directors are also great contacts.
- Volunteering: Mile High United Way Denver or Help Colorado Now
- Denver Emergency Food Access Resources & COVID-19 Resource Page (City of Denver)